#HE11 FRIDAY MUSIC SPOTLIGHT

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Friday Music Spotlight The Empire Room, 1205 Washington Ave. @ 8 p.m. The Erers (Detroit) The Erers (the first “er” is silent) are personified swagger with the songwriting chops to back it up. With a lumbering heaviness and a monolithic stomp, their savage riffs bring no shortage of hooks. On stage, they have the commanding presence of a buffalo stampede, … Read More

Yes, the Sundance Film Festival felt like Hell’s Half Mile

It was my first time at The Sundance Film Festival. The festival. It’s one of the biggest and most prominent film festivals in the world. It’s the film festival that kicks off the year’s hot film properties and launches careers, and it was my first time there. And, yes. I saw Robert Redford. But the most amazing thing (and I … Read More

Detroit’s Jamaican Queens to Kick Off Music for HHM9

What better group to kick off the music side of the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival than this sensory-stimulating trio?  Jamaican Queens—vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Spencer, guitarist/bassist Adam Pressley and drummer Ryan Clancy—deal in nuanced and trippy electro pop that is as catchy as it is experimental, merging disparate styles into an infectious concoction. Frequently bittersweet and always captivating, they master … Read More